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Dental Sealants

Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

Dental Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach .

Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed.

Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.

While brushing and flossing remain of utmost importance, the deep grooves within your teeth are difficult to reach effectively. In fact, the majority of tooth decay begins in these groves. Sealants can be used as a safety shield to protect from decay in these risky areas.

Dental Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.

A sealant is a thin, protective coating that is a barrier for the tooth and a guard for the tooth enamel. Sealants can be placed on both children with their 6-year molars and adults. These effective shields can help you to remain cavity free.

Sealant Application:

Sealant application is a quick simple process, only taking a few minutes to put on. The dentist will start by cleaning and drying your tooth. A gel is then placed on the tooth surface, roughing up the tooth surface that will bond to the sealant easily. The gel is washed off and the sealant carefully placed on the tooth. After the sealant dries, the patient is as good as new!  Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed. Both children and adults can benefit from  sealants in the fight again tooth decay.

Coming back for regular visits will help to ensure that the sealant is doing its job.

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Tips for ‘Cavity’ prevention

  • Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
  • Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
  • Watch what your child drinks.
  • Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
  • Make treats part of meals.
  • Choose nutritious snacks.

Factors affecting gum health

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition